I do love a good anthology so when the opportunity came along to participate in the blog tour for the CWA’s latest Anthology of Short Stories, subtitled Mystery Tour, came along I jumped at the chance.
Edited by current CWA chair and President of the Detection Club, Martin Edwards, the anthology showcases some of the best short stories by CWA members including Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor, Ragnar Jónasson and Cath Staincliffe along with many others. The twenty-eight contributions reflect a unifying theme of travel with crime spreading across the globe from the backstreets of Glasgow to a treacherous cruise in French Polynesia via a South African trek, a train ride across the Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. Each of the authors has interpreted the travel brief in their own unique and diverse way and it makes for a really varied collection from a mixture of bestselling authors, rising stars and relative newcomers.
As with all anthologies, there were some stories I liked more than others and some writers whose style I preferred. That, for me though, is the joy of an anthology collection – it’s a great way to read new material from old favourites whilst also discovering new voices and trying out new authors. Having read the anthology, there’s definitely some authors that I would like to read more of in this collection and reading it, I thought what a great gift it would make for a crime lover who was seeking out new voices.
The collection also does a fantastic collection of showcasing the breadth and vitality of contemporary crime-writing. Writers are featured from across the UK as well as Iceland, South Africa and America. Sleuthing takes place across the globe, with some of it towards the cosier end of the spectrum whilst others feature more gritty reality. It also does a great job of showing that short-form crime fiction, once assumed to be on the decline, is alive and kicking which is great for those of us that like to dip into and out of short stories between longer reads.
Overall, this is a worthy addition to any crime fiction lover’s TBR pile and would be an ideal gift for the mystery fan in your life this festive season. With twenty-eight stories included, there’s plenty to keep avid readers occupied – plus, as the CWA is a non-profit organisation, a purchase will also enable them to continue supporting and developing great crime fiction for us to enjoy.
‘Mystery Tour‘, edited by Martin Edwards, is published by Orenda Books and is available now as a hardback, paperback and ebook. My thanks go to the publishers for providing a copy in return for an honest and unbiased review, and to Anne Cater (randomthingsthroughmyletterbox) for organising the blog tour. Check out the other stops on the tour and the full list of contributors below!